This semester’s African Music Ensembles Lunch Hour Concert at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Jazz focuses on drought and water shortage that plagued many parts of Southern Africa.
Titled Khengelekeze (the full moon), the concert comes at the time of the year when people begin to take stock of their lives over the year. In many African cultures, Khengelekeze provides an opportunity for the community to celebrate their folklore, pass on knowledge and discuss pertinent issues affecting the people, with community elders leading vibrant activities amidst music and dance. The African Music and Dance Program (AMD), together in common purpose and enlightened by this conceptual frame highlights this very important issue of drought and water shortage.
The music and dance items in the concert are composed and choreographed within the soundscape of South Africa, Mozambique and Ghana by Team AMD to draw attention to the plight affecting those experiencing drought and water shortage on the continent. Experience xigubo from the south of Mozambique and kpanlogo and atenteben performances from Ghana.
The concert takes place on November 21 from 12h15 to 13h00 at the Centre for Jazz. Entrance is free.